A national platform for health systems and services research
One of the main objectives of the SLHS is to train young scholars to understand and conduct high-quality research at the intersection of practice, policy, and research.
PhD students in the SLHS actively contribute to learning cycles by working on Policy Briefs and conducting Stakeholder Dialogues.
Jason’s research focuses on applying qualitative methods to observe working conditions in Ticinese nursing homes, and how this relates to the delivery of quality care from the worker’s perspective.The targeted group will be a mixture of nursing home professions in order to represent the diverse nature of care work in these facilities. The study will also draw on secondary source analysis and interviews with relevant stakeholders and informants.
University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland
University of Zurich
Jean Anthony Grand-Guillaume-Perrenoud
Anthony is a social scientist and conducts research on interprofessional collaboration in healthcare, social disadvantage in the perinatal period, and survey instrument development and validation. In his PhD thesis, he is investigating how interprofessional education in undergraduate training of healthcare professionals is linked to attitudes towards interprofessional collaboration and to its practice. The thesis seeks to uncover the mechanisms underlying the effect of interprofessional education and how they may differentially impact professionals with different characteristics and professional backgrounds.
Camilla has background in Public Health and Health Economics. Her research focuses on mental health and utilisation of healthcare services in the pandemic era using a mixed methods approach.
Mike's research focusses on the reception of Roman and Canon law in the (late) Middle Ages North of the Alps, using the example of the region of Obwalden and Nidwalden – in particular the local (rural) corporations. The focus is on the question of how modern jurisprudence was received and processed locally in rural Alpine areas. This also under the point of view that a process of becoming a state was initiated, which contributed to the development of the modern state infrastructure, especially in the health sector.
Sophie Karoline Brandt
Sophie's research focuses on the measurement and empirical analysis of health professionals' preferences regarding new models of outpatient primary care. Her focus is on key aspects of interprofessional collaboration, health promotion and the health professionals' innovativeness. Her PhD project includes the design and conduct of an experimental survey among a sample of different health occupations in Switzerland.
Johannes’ research focuses on econometrics and its applications in health economics. In particular, he makes use of machine-learning algorithms to support medical decision making.
Zora's research interests revolve around the measurement and the empirical analysis of the Swiss general population’s preferences for current developments in the outpatient primary healthcare. Her research includes the design and conduct of an experimental survey among a representative sample of the Swiss population.
Ji in Kim
Jiin's research focuses on measuring functioning at the population level. She aims to understand Korea's health data to develop a common functioning metric that enables a direct comparison of functioning in different populations, and to identify how functioning trends and their determinants need to be reported to stakeholders.
Selina is a pharmacist by training. Her research focuses on how patients implement pharmacotherapy into their daily life, so-called medication adherence. Her PhD project includes the development of a pharmacy consultation with focus on medication adherence.
Eva’s research explores suicide prevention measures in Switzerland, focusing on interprofessional collaboration and network structures. Her PhD project aims to investigate the role of collaborative practice in five different suicide prevention projects that intend to decrease the number of suicide attempts and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
Levy’s projects revolve around the FIRE database, which collects information from electronic medical records of several hundred general practitioners across Switzerland (www.fireproject.ch). He aims to explore how clinical routine data can be used to identify unwarranted variation in Swiss primary care.
University of Zurich - Institut für Hausarztmedizin
Abdes's research interest revolves around the use of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to improve public mental health and well-being. More specifically, he aims at creating models that explain how multiples variables induce states of negative stress (distress) in humans, along with developing digital interventions for stress management in order to explore/alleviate the impact of stress on mental health.
University of Neuchâtel
Andreas' PhD research focuses on the quality of care in the prevention and treatment of communicable diseases with a particular focus on primary care.
Kateryna’s research aims to investigate a role of supplementary insurance in the Swiss health system by exploring the effect of supplemental health insurance on health plan choices, and its impact on out-of-pockets payments. The study will draw on quantitative data from the Swiss Household Panel, the Swiss Health Survey, and qualitative information from key stakeholders interviews.
Irene's research focuses on applying health economics methods to the analysis of efficient and cost-effective ways to deliver in-patient and out-patient care in the Swiss context, and to gain insights on the epidemiology, hospital care and patient-reported outcomes of non-communicable diseases.
Mélanie’s PhD project aims to identify, define and understand existing economic inefficiencies in the Swiss health care system as well as to determine the potential for efficiency improvement in certain areas. One focus lies on administrative inefficiencies and another on inefficiencies in the emergency department.
ZHAW Zürcher Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften
Manuel's PhD projects aim to examine target group-specific lifestyle interventions using technology (focus on physical activity and nutrition). Besides, the potential of digital lifestyle interventions for bridging the transition from a clinical setting (e.g., rehabilitation) to home will be investigated. The target population are oncological patients.
Sophia's PhD research focuses on the analysis of the implementation and outcomes of suicide prevention measures in Switzerland. For this purpose, she conducts a cross-national comparison of suicide prevention activities, a health economic analysis and an impact study on the effects of a specific suicide prevention program.
Denis’s research focuses on public health and analysis of medical data, especially cardiovascular research. He has started a PhD in computer science at the University of Neuchâtel. He aims at finding data science/machine learning based solutions for public health concerns.
University of Neuchâtel
Alessia‘s research focuses on the COVID-19 Pandemic. In her PhD, she explores the exposure of school children and adolescents to SARS-CoV-2 and associated long term consequences such as long Covid.
University of Zurich
Camille's research revolves around her background in management and public policy. The thesis project involves the adaptation of existing conceptual frameworks and the identification of indicators for measuring the performance and resilience of health systems in times of crisis. The example of the leadership and the preventive aspects of the health system in the canton of Vaud during the COVID-19 crisis will be used as an application.
Leonard has a background in medical statistics and his research currently focuses on the longitudinal analysis of health services data. He'll investigate formal and informal caregivers' professional trajectories during his PhD, with a strong methodological component.
Severin’s PhD-Thesis focuses on the topic Legitimation of Power from perspectives of both Social Sciences and Canon Law. His thesis includes research on the development of power relations in mental health institutes (psychiatric clinics).
Cecilia's research focuses on the analysis and innovation of health service delivery with special attention to the challenges posed by emerging clusters of patients (e.g. frail patients). Her main research interests lie in the area of health policy and management as well as in applied health economics.
Università della Svizzera italiana
Ana Cecilia Quiroga Gutierrez
Ana’s research focuses on how individuals navigate the Swiss Health Insurance System. Her research investigates the roles of Health Insurance Literacy, decision support tools, among other factors; on health insurance selection and utilization.
Cinzia’s research focuses on the facilitators for and barriers to task shifting in healthcare. Using a grounded theory design, this study seeks to generate a theory of how structural, personal, and administrative factors influence the implementation of task shifting in a Swiss outpatient primary care setting.
Clara's research focuses on mapping, identifying gaps in, and evaluating disability policy in Switzerland. This PhD project is a step within the development of a National Strategy for Spinal Cord Injury, which is a project aiming to improve the lives of persons with spinal cord injury in Switzerland.
Céline has a background as a physical therapist. Her PhD thesis focuses on physical activity for the prevention of non-communicable diseases. She investigates to what extent physical activity is already part of the standards of care in Switzerland and how the intervention is best used in the therapy of chronic diseases.
ZHAW Zürcher Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften